Press Release - Stratton Upper School joins CMAT

New dawn for Stratton Upper School as it joins Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust


Stratton Upper School has entered a new era after joining the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT).

The Biggleswade school with a roll of 900 students becomes the first school in Bedfordshire to join the multi-academy trust.

Stratton Upper School will receive £3.5 million to invest in improving the school’s building, facilities and IT infrastructure. The school has already equipped a number of classrooms with state-of-the-art interactive whiteboard displays and staff have access to new laptop computers.

This is the start of a long term and ongoing plan to invest in the facilities and education provision in Stratton and ensure it provides the best possible opportunities and a high-quality learning environment for the young people and families of Biggleswade and the local community.

Principal Roz Hodges said: “We are delighted to join CMAT - a Trust that has a decade of experience and a proven track record across a number of academies. Students and staff will benefit from a wide range of support and expertise which will help to further improve Stratton Upper School in many areas.

“A number of changes have already had a positive impact and we have been thankful for the guidance of CMAT’s leadership team as we have settled in to the new school year.

“Students will experience schemes and activities embedded across the Trust’s schools that support their academic and personal development ensuring they are responsible individuals who play a full part in our community.”

CMAT currently operates 15 schools across an area extending from Stamford to Cambridge. The Trust has developed an enviable track record in working with schools to improve their own standards and achievement throughout the region. In 2017, CMAT was ranked as the fifth best performing multi academy trust for Key Stage 4 in the Department for Education’s league tables.

Most recently Ely College, who joined the Trust in 2016 in Special Measures, was rated as Good with Outstanding Leadership and Management last year, a real source of pride for the local community.

Executive Principal of CMAT Andy Daly said: “At CMAT, we believe that every pupil deserves a high-quality education in schools at the heart of their local communities and this is what we aim to deliver in our partnership with Stratton Upper School.

“We are delighted that Stratton Upper School chose to join CMAT and we look forward to supporting the school on its future path, fostering strong collaboration between our other schools, and strengthening our links to Biggleswade and the surrounding village communities.”

Stratton Upper School is currently promoting the opportunity available to prospective students joining the school next year with a programme of online activity. This information is available at

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